de·​frost | \ di-ˈfrȯst How to pronounce defrost (audio) , ˈdē-ˌfrȯst \
defrosted; defrosting; defrosts

Definition of defrost

transitive verb

1 : to release from a frozen state defrost meat
2a : to free from ice defrost a refrigerator/freezer
b : to clear (a window or windshield) with a vehicle's defroster defrost a windshield to clear it of ice and condensation

intransitive verb

: to thaw out especially from a deep-frozen state

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Examples of defrost in a Sentence

You can defrost the soup in the microwave. Has the refrigerator defrosted yet?
Recent Examples on the Web Sutter gave the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services some simple, effective advice: Ask the fire department to defrost the vaporizers by blasting them with water. Alex Davies, Wired, "The Cold, Hard Work of Delivering Oxygen to Ventilators," 19 Apr. 2020 Not everything tastes good after it has been defrosted and cooked. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Defrosting food: Facts, tips to know," 16 Mar. 2020 The blade had cut her hair so short that she did look shaved — kind of like a defrosting turkey. David Colman, New York Times, "You Missed a Spot: How Not to Groom Your Dog During Lockdown," 25 Apr. 2020 But defrosting and reheating is now a pragmatic, civic-minded, and health-conscious compromise, certainly better than no baguette at all. John Leicester,, "Daily bread? In France, fighting virus one baguette at a time," 28 Mar. 2020 Use the defrosting setting on your microwave to defrost for two minutes at a time, checking the meat and turning or flipping it periodically to ensure even thawing. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How to Defrost Chicken Safely Using Three Methods," 8 Apr. 2020 Chop shrimp into bite-size pieces and place in a mixing bowl; add 2 tablespoons each of defrosted frozen peas and finely diced carrots, per serving. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "What to cook this week: 8 starter pantry cuisine recipes with easy variations," 6 Apr. 2020 Coconut milk, yogurt and mango pulp already made this one thick and creamy, so sending it into cold storage and then defrosting at room temperature did not diminish the texture that much. Washington Post, "Better breakfasts, less takeout, more togetherness: Our 2020 food resolutions," 2 Jan. 2020 But defrosting and reheating is now a pragmatic, civic-minded, and health-conscious compromise, certainly better than no baguette at all. John Leicester, The Christian Science Monitor, "In France, buying baguettes daily becomes a moral choice," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of defrost

1895, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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11 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Defrost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of defrost

: to warm something that is frozen until it is no longer frozen
: to melt ice that has built up on the inside of a freezer or refrigerator
: to melt ice on a car's windows by using heat


de·​frost | \ di-ˈfrȯst How to pronounce defrost (audio) \
defrosted; defrosting

Kids Definition of defrost

1 : to thaw out defrost a steak
2 : to remove ice from defrost a refrigerator

Other Words from defrost

defroster noun

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